The day after returning to training, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was absent from the part of Thursday’s training that was open to reporters, which is a possible setback in his recovery from an ankle injury.
Gymnastic Jackson was a restricted participant in Wednesday’s training, for the first time since being taken out of bounds after his 14th week defeat to the Cleveland Browns. But coach John Harbaugh said ahead of practice that he was “very hopeful” for Jackson to start in Sunday’s compulsory game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Attack coordinator Greg Roman admitted ahead of Thursday’s training session that the Crows, who have lost four games in a row, did not know who their starting quarterback would be on Sunday. He said the team will “assign representatives” this week to “be ready for anything.” Reserve Tyler Huntley, impressed with five games this season, returned to training on Thursday, missing Sunday’s defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals and Wednesday’s training on the COVID-19 reserve / roster.
“You obviously want your starter to be the spokesperson,” Roman said Thursday. “But when there’s a chance that a few guys might play, you have to think: should we give this guy a few reps? Will this guy be able to handle all this repetition? Maybe we’d better put it on the pitch count by spreading them out?
“So I think there are definitely a few options here, and as unique as these situations were, they were pretty simple up to this point because we knew who our starter would be.”
Also absent on Thursday were Marquis “Hollywood” Wing Receiver Brown, tight end Nick Boyle (knee), left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, left-back Ben Powers (stop), right tackle Tyre Phillips (knee), tackle Brandon Williams, outside midfielder Oda Ove (foot) and full-back Anthony Averett (ribs / chest). Powers, Phillips, Oue and Averett also missed Wednesday’s workout.
Along with Huntley and defensive lineman Justin Madubike (reserve / COVID-19 roster), four Ravens returned to training: wide receiver Devin Duvernay (knee), defender Patrick Ricard (knee), inner midfielder Malik Harrison (illness) and defender Anthony Levin. Wed (Knee).
Harbaugh is due to speak to reporters on Friday.